For many years the Cat and Fiddle was said to be England highest pub. Now a Yorkshire pub says its just a few feet higher up. This is disputed by the landlord of the Cat and Fiddle who has privately had the hieght above sea level recalulated. The new claim is 1,772 feet or 540m. Situated high on a moor between Buxton, Derbyshire and Macclesfield Cheshire it stands in complete isolation. The only other thing up there is a communications mast. In winter the Cat and Fiddle is often cut off by snow. Drifts of 17 feet of snow have been recorded. The clouds come accross the road so even when it isnt raining you still get wet. The temperatures are always very low even in summer. Inside the Cat and fiddle its lovely and warm but you only have to look through a window to see the savage conditions outside. I have included a view from a window. Another picture showes my son,two daughters and grandaughter barely able to stand because of the high winds just outside the pub. Its a superb pub, great meals and beer but best visited during the spring,summer and autumn, winter is more than a bit risky. The roads up and down are dangerous and very steep. Wild sheep roam the moors and will walk in front of your vehicle so the jouney up there is full of hazards especially at night in complete darkness. This is part of the Peak District National Park.
May 13, 2010 Subject:
Cat and Fiddle
I mentioned how dangerous the roads are but have just read some comments by the AA (Automobile Association). They say the approach roads on either side are considered the most dangerous in the whole of the UK. Many motorbikers dont make it round the bends on the descent and many daredevils consider it a huge challenge worth the risk. I know a story of a trucker who used the road as a short cut going to Manchester. He went up from Buxton and when he got up on the moor he got stuck in deep snow. His vehicle was up there for a week or more before he could shift it. His employer sacked him for going off route and for losing the company a lot of money while the truck wasnt working or its driver. I first discovered the Cat and Fiddle in the 1970s and I have made the trip up at least once every year ever since. You need a clear sunny day or you will see nothing but clouds. Even so I have known it to be cold and raining while the weather in Buxton has been warm and sunny. To be honest through the years I have known very few days when the weather has been fine up at the Cat and Fiddle. Went again recently with my daughter and her fiance (March 2010). Going up, the clouds were high and we had good vision. There was still loads of snow around the further up you went. As we sat and ate our meal you could see all over the moors outside which is quite unusual. Then we we looked again and you couldnt even see accross the road. The Cat and Fiddle was enveloped in thick cloud. When we went outside the wind was so strong, it was hard to stand up. A biker planning to leave the pub was blown into the side of a parked car. When we left visability was no more than a few feet and the temperature was below zero but 20 minutes later down in Buxton it was 9C and sunny with hardly any wind at all. The Cat and Fiddle is a great pub with fine food and beer but getting up and getting back down is a risky business even when the roads are not icy. The road was closed by the police for some while last winter as Britain suffered one of its worst winters on record.